An Australian Greens motion*, celebrating Wear it Purple Day and calling on the Australian Senate to back the fight against the bullying of LGBTI youth, has passed today.
"The bullying that young gay and lesbians are subjected to is completely unacceptable" the Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"With young LGBTI people more than six times as likely to commit suicide than their peers, it's clear that discrimination is still a daily factor of life for Australia's gay and lesbian youth.
"Gay, straight, transgender and intersex people across the country will be wearing purple tomorrow to show their support and I'm pleased that the Senate has backed this important day.
"From humble beginnings back in 2010 to the global movement that we have now, Wear it Purple Day sends an important message. Every young person has the right to be respected and treated equally; regardless of their sexuality or gender identity."
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*Text of the Motion, as approved by the Senate;
I move that the Senate-
1. Acknowledges that 29 August 2014 is Wear it Purple Day, when we show our support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) youth.
2. Notes that Wear it Purple Day seeks to raise awareness about the issues faced by LGBTI youth and the need to eradicate bullying based on sex, sexuality and gender diversity.
3. Recognises that every young person has the right to be respected and treated equally; regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.